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If you’re looking for a compact, versatile telephoto zoom lens that handles portraiture as well as it handles long-distance wildlife and action photography, look no further than the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. With the broadest focal length range in our super-telephoto zoom line-up, it reduces the number of lenses you need to carry into the field; and expands your handheld shooting capabilities, thanks to Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology. Create spectacular photos and HD videos in nearly any light, from nearly any distance.




ED (Extra low Dispersion) and Super ED Glass
Vibration Reduction
Silent Wave Motor
IF Lens
Nano Crystal Coat
Super Integrated Coating
A/M
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Two photos of a wild cat, one a close up portrait, the other of the cat's mouth open in a yawn taken with the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Any subject. Any distance.

Remarkable versatility and performance

Travel light. Shoot with confidence. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR covers the broadest focal length range of any NIKKOR super-telephoto zoom lens. At 80mm, its an ideal medium-telephoto portrait lens. Create stunning portraits with a medium telephoto perspective and softly blurred backgrounds. At 400mm, its a powerful super-telephoto lens suited to wildlife and action photography, with or without a tripod. For dazzling close-ups with macro detail, get as close as 5.7 feet from your subject and zoom in to 400mm—you'll be amazed by the results!
photo of a train silhouetted against an orange sky taken with the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens

Sharp, beautiful images in any light

Nikon's VR image stabilization with Tripod Auto Detect

At super-telephoto focal lengths, even the slightest camera movement can cause image blur. Fortunately, the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR features Nikon's second-generation Vibration Reduction technology to ensure every handheld photo and HD video is razor-sharp. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 4 stops of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR even detects when you're using a tripod and automatically delivers specialized VR correction.
Photo taken with the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR of a bullet train in the foreground and mountain in the background

A lifetime of brilliant performance

Nikon innovations for consistently stunning images

Nikon's innovations in optical design and lens technology have given way to a remarkable new class of NIKKOR lenses. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is among them. From its Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing to its Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for maximum contrast and minimum lens flare and ghosting, you can expect a lifetime of consistent brilliant performance. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is equally at home on DX- or FX-format Nikon cameras.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
ED (Extra low Dispersion) and Super ED Glass
ED (Extra low Dispersion) and Super ED Glass
ED Glass is an optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations. Super ED glass exhibits an even lower refractive index and lower light dispersion than ED glass, while excelling at eliminating secondary spectrum and correcting chromatic aberration.
Vibration Reduction
Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
Nano Crystal Coat
Nano Crystal Coat
An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.
Super Integrated Coating
Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
A/M
A/M
A/M stands for Auto-Priority Manual Mode. This mode also enables an easy transition from autofocus to manual during AF operation. However, mode switch sensitivity has been altered to reduce the possibility of sudden unintentional switching to manual focus while shooting.
M/A
M/A
Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.
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Worth the wait It feels like I waited ten years for this lens to be released. It was worth the wait! Photos have been extremely sharp and even though the lens is a bit heavy, with the VR it can be hand held with good results. Used the 28-300 prior to this lens and while it was "good enough" at the time, it's no contest now. Tested both just prior to a trip to Hawaii and there was no question which one was making the trip. Took one hand held shot from a lookout high above a rocky beach and you could see the grains of sand and extremely clear and sharp gradations in the rocks surrounding the swimming area. This lens completes the set of lenses I need for almost any situation. Worth every dollar. August 9, 2013
I love this lens!!!! I have had one of the original 80-400mm lenses almost since it was introduced, and it has been my mainstay lens for hiking and finding wildlife. It performed quite well, and while it had its issues, the versatility and weight more than made up for them. This lens takes that concept and upgrades it to amazing levels. There are very few things to be snarky about on this lens. * Takes teleconverters. And still has great AF and sharpness with the 1.4x TC. The old lens doesn't work with TCs. * Much sharper and better contrast. Wow. There is a quite noticeable improvement in optical quality even at normal viewing. The old lens took great photos but was a little mushy. My 600mm prime is sharper, but this is pretty darn good, and I would probably not see the difference except that I was looking at similar bird shots with the 600mm and this lens with the 1.4xTC right next to each other. Without the TC, it's sharp enough that it would be very difficult to see anything to complain about except under lab conditions. * Autofocus is faster. Honestly it's not so much faster than the original 80-400 that you would get many, if any more shots because of it. Continuous tracking autofocus is noisy but is better than the original. For birds, it's pretty good. You lose focus sites with a teleconverter attached because of the minimum f/stop, but it's still pretty darn good. It locked and tracked the airplane for my daughter's first solo flight perfectly. This is a superb airplane/airshow lens. * Close-focus. Still darn good and fast. Good for critters you can get close to. Great for birds at a feeder. * Improved VR. VR will help dramatically for some subjects when handholding, but is pretty useless for fast-moving subjects. VR can help with some nice bird effects, allowing for wingtip motion blur while holding the scene solid. You'll still probably find yourself bumping up the ISO unless you're in full sun with this lens, especially if you are using a TC. Downsides * Really expensive. * Tripod collar is even more lame than the original 80-400mm. You can not release the foot from the tripod collar, which is annoying for handheld use. I've already replaced mine with a third-party unit. This is is still a heavy lens, and you will get tired handholding it unless you're in reasonably good shape. If you're going to use it a lot, get some exercise! Taking pictures is a good method :) If you have the luxury of being able to use a tripod, then do so. It will help. Get a gimbal head if you can.. Ball heads are lousy for tracking subjects but are quick and easy to set up, smaller and lighter. This lens is heavy enough that a ball head will want to flop over or creep. This lens + the 1.4X teleconverter is an amazing kit for nature/wildlife/airshows/car racing/motorcycle racing etc. I don't have a 1.7X, but the 2.0X is too much of a compromise on finder brightness, f/stop and focus capability for me. This combo is easily transportable and easily handled. Much of the time the 80-400 is enough, and when it isn't, the TC works great. If you can justify the expense, this kit will make you very happy. August 8, 2013
Worth Upgrading from the First Version I purchased the first version of this lens second hand and was pleased with the results. The down side was the speed of focus, so I took the plunge, paid the extra money and purchased this lens. Buyers remorse has yet to kick in, which I take as a good sign. While this lens may be heavier and larger than the original it feels more balanced in my hands, reducing the need for a mono/tripod. I should point out I have large hands, so others may not agree with me. The speed and precision of the auto-focus is in a different league to the old lens. No more hunting around trying to focus. This alone is a great reason to upgrade. I have yet to use the lens with fast moving subjects, in particular sports events under artificial lights, and the relatively slow F stop may be an issue. That said, the newer cameras and their improved high ISO performance help. This is a great lens, but it is not for everyone. If you don't need a 400mm lens on a regular basis, your money may be better spent on a 70-200mm 2.8 lens with a tele-converter. If like me, you use long focal lengths on a regular basis, this lens is justified. If you use the old version of this lens, trade it in, pay the extra money and you will be a happy photographer. July 5, 2013
A solid replacement still in a packable form I bought the first version of this lens back in 2000, but I had issues with its VR system and the D100. So I went for the 200-400. Unfortunately, that lens is huge. So when I have to hike way back in the field, I again got the original version of this lens. It was too slow to focus on quickly moving wildlife. Well, when this came out, I pounced on it. It focuses fast, still has a similar compact size. I have found that while it can work well with wildlife, it focuses relatively close, so it works on flowers and small objects, where a narrow field and focus works well to isolate it from the background. The bokeh with a lineated background is pleasing. So all in all I am very pleased with this lens and am contemplating a little sell off of some of my other lenses this overlays. It is heavier than the original, but not overly so. I look forward to spending a great deal of time in the field with this one. June 10, 2013
good one it's nice lens excellent.am using for wildlife and prorate. May 6, 2013
GREAT OPTICS Having owned the original version of this lens, I can only say that Nikon has hit a home run with this new version of the 80-400. Focus hunting is a thing of the past - this one locks right on to your subject - and the optics are superb considering the focal length range - outstanding at 400 mm even wide open. The VR does it's job and although I have used the lens mostly on a monopod or tripod, I've been able to get tack sharp images hand held when mounted on my D800. If you've been waiting for the original 80-400's replacement, it has definitely arrived. April 29, 2013
Big Lens, small package After using the original 80-400 MM for some years now, all I can say is wow with this new model. Quicker, more accurate auto focus, sharper and more vibrant photos. Easily hand held. The VR in this model is spot on. I used my TE 20E III 2X tele converter on my D 200, brought my subject up to 1200MM in DX format. This lens is great for Nature, Wild Life, and Sports. The only downside is that it is heavy, therefore best results are tripod mounted or, like I do, A monopod. Also NIKON went cheap by using a foldout chart as opposed to a booklet. But hey, it's a great lens. But it's not F2.8 therefore a 2X tele converter will bring your subject up close and personal, but auto focus will not work. April 22, 2013
Unbelievable! Being a prior 11 year owner of the 80-400D, and having bought this lens Mar 14, I have shot over 1K exposures with stunning results. Sharp, sharp, sharp even at 400mm! A major improvement over the D. AF-S, even in continuous focus @5fps on my D600 and D7000, is superb. Contrast, brightness and color @400mm equals my 300mm prime! CA is gone and mechanicals are excellent. Being a product designer/engineer myself, I can only imagine the effort that went into the design decisions and execution of this product. Nikon, big congratulations for bringing this lens to the world! March 30, 2013
Great Lens! Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 80-400 VR G ED lens is solid, sharp, and silent! Just got mine last week and spend a few hours at a local nature park trying out these new lens. A bit heavier than the older model, but still able to work with it handheld. I have cropped some of the images up to 50 percent and they are still sharp. Will do more testing later and will be interested to see how it works on a tripod with the VR turned off. Hats off to Nikon for a job well done on this one. Great addition to my nature photography toolbox. March 25, 2013
Great addition I pre-ordered this lens with some hesitation because of the limitations of the previous version. Not to worry! This is a great lens. Autofocus is amazingly quick(comparable to the 70-200 2.8) and quite sharp. The VR is so good I can shoot hand held at 1/30 and still have amazingly sharp images even at 100% on a D800.Perhaps low light action might be a limitation with the max aperture being 5.6 at 400mm but with the low light capabilities of most modern DSLR's this is less of a problem than you might expect. Even the tripod collar and foot feel like an upgrade over previous. Great addition to the Nikon arsenal. March 23, 2013
Great portable option for birding I bought this lens with a D7100 to replace the older model and a D300. Although the new combination is far superior to the previous one, I realized that it is mainly due to the camera and not to the new lens. On a DX format, I could not find any noticeable difference in image quality between the new and the older model. That does not mean that the new model is bad, just that the older one appears to be as good at the center of the field. Nevertheless, the new model has important advantages : it focuses much faster and the VR is far more efficient at all speeds. As the lens is relatively chunky and heavy and I use it handheld, a nice carrying option is a double shoulder strap connected to the lens and to the bottom of the camera/grip. February 10, 2014
Great compact lens I bought this lens for wildlife and landscape photography. Before I had a chance to really test the lens a Coopers Hawk presented itself. The photo is taken THRU a window with a D7000 at a distance of about 30 feet. ISO 1250, f6.3 at 1/320. HANDHELD! I am impressed. The only complaint is the tripod foot. March 22, 2014
Improved Performance and Functionality I have owned the previous first generation Nikon 80-400mm VR zoom for about ten years and was pleased to find needed improvements in the areas of focus and tracking speeds, focusing ease and function, camera/lens hand-held balance, and especially better resolution at 400/600mm. My primary use has been in shooting San Francisco's "Fleet Week" with the Blue Angles flight team show, the America's Cup races over the past two years, Maritime subjects, and abstract landscape elements. Due to the weight factor I also use the Nikon 70-300MM VR, and/or the Nikon 70-200mm F4 VR for travel to Japan, Greece, along with Nikon's excellent DX 10-24mm, DX 16-85mm, 50mm 1.8 G with a Nikon D7000 and a D7100 with excellent results. I really enjoy getting the equivalent of a 120-600mm range on the DX bodies. I also use this lens on a Nikon D300's; and a Nikon D600 where I need the full range of 400mm to have high resolution, sharpness, and great contrast for shooting demanding maritime subjects and yacht races. I am really looking forward to many years of quality shooting with this new improved lens. I would have hoped that the new version might have been designed lighter and smaller using high-tech carbon fiber or titanium materials but then its a lot less in cost and weight than an $8,000 Nikon 600mm or the Nikon 200-400mm. I see this as an improved photographic tool for extending my creativity and the end results of a higher percentage of sharp and focused hand-held shots. March 1, 2014
New 80-400 lens, nice but not perfect overall great lens, very sharp images once you understand how to work with it. It does have a very distracting feature when using continuous focus, which is my primary mode in shooting sports. As the lens set moves around as it focus on moving objects, either with or without VR on, the movement of the lens groups causes the image you see in the view finder to jump around as well. I've tested this with three camera bodies - D300, D40, and a new D7100, and also tested a second copy of the lens at the store, and it is very evident in all combinations of equipment. If I was ok with using the 70-200/2.8 and a 2x converter, this may have been the better way to go. Working with Nikon support to describe and check out the issue, so we will see if this is just the way the lens works or if I have a problem. Build quality is great, images are great, a blast to shoot with, but the jumping around is annoying for sure. December 17, 2013
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can you use a teleconverter with this lens?

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I have used this lens with th Nikon 1.4x teleconverter. It autofocuses. It fits. The results were sharp.
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The press release for this lens says, "Additionally, alongside a 1.4x teleconverter, the lens can be expanded to an f/8 aperture to retain compatibility with the AF system on the most recent Nikon D-SLR cameras."
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Use the lens with D7100 = 120-600mm f4.5-5.6 + 1.3 crop = 156-780mm. It is always better not to add more glass. Stay way from the TC and use a DX camera.
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Just checked on imaging.nikon.com and is says:
"AF is possible even with a 1.4 teleconverter when attached to an f/8- compatible camera "
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I understand that at f/5.6 the lens would still autofocus with a newer Nikon body able to focus to f/8 - but that's no different than the old lens that was also f/5.6 at 400 mm.

But the old one would not mate up with a Nikon 1.4x in that the metal tabs prevented them from connecting together (unless tab filed off etc.). So you were left using Kenko 1.4x and the result wasn't worth it.

What I don't see in the specs or press release is whether the new one will PHYSICALLY accept the Nikon 1.4x. Am I missing that? Would love to know!!!
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Yes, according to specifications the nikon TC-14e is compatible for a maximum aperture of f/8 at maximum zoom.
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http://download.nikonimglib.com/archive1/SJsLp00vjQGt00S4lYx522EV6C90/AFS80-400_4.5-5.6GEDVR_(7C_DL)01.pdf
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This is still the older lens not the newer AF-s G lens.
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The link given connects you to the AF VR Zoom-Nikkor ED 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D lens manual. What is the correct link for the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR manual?
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You can find the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR lens manual here: http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/lenses/AF/AFVR_80-400mm.pdf
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I just received my new AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm 4.5-5.6 G ED zoom lens and I have some concerns, which I hope you can answer:

First, the barrel rattles! Is it suppose to that? It seems something is loose inside and when I look through the front of the glass, I can see some of the glass moving. None of my other VR lenses - 28-300, 70-200 or 80-400 rattle, nor did my older 80-400 VR lens do that.

Second, when I turn on the camera with the lens attached, the lens makes three to five clicking sounds...even when I turn off the autofocus and VR on the lens and the Autofocus on the D4, it makes this clanging noise. When I look through the viewfinder as it is making this noise, the scene is moving up and down. When I press the shutter button half way, it clicks and stops, but the scene jerks down before becoming clear..

I'm thinking this is a defective lens.
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Just got my replacement for the one I wrote about earlier and it's great! Solid, sharp and silent. Much better than the older model that came out 12 years ago. Now that I have this one and I was able to return the first one that I got, I'm very impressed with this lens. Thanks Nikon!
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Nope, that was not the reason. It was doing this after I had turned it off correctly. And the elements in the barrel should be that loose. It has been returned to the store and new one on the way. Hopefully, it was just a bad one in the mix. Will know when the new one arrives today. thanks...
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Just received mine. Definitely no noticeable clicking. Nor the kind of rattle you describe. I DO see this in the manual... "Do not turn the camera off or remove the lens while vibration reduction is in
effect. If power to the lens is cut while vibration reduction is on, the lens may rattle when shaken. This is not a malfunction, and can be corrected by reat- taching the lens and turning the camera on." Could it relate to your noise? I'll get to heavily use this first of next week and will reply again after that experience...
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Will the TC14, TC17, and/or TC20 Teleconverters attach to the new 80-400

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the compatibility table has been updated & shows that all 3 of these tc's are compatible with this new lens so long as it is used with one of the newer cameras that support AF at f/8.
That would be nice, but I don't understand how the TC20 tc will be able to autofocus even if the camera supports AF at f/8.
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FWIW, that lens is not listed on the compatibility chart
http://www.nikonusa.com/en_INC/IMG/Assets/Common-Assets/Images/Teleconverter-Compatibility/en_US_Comp_chart.html
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TC14 will work with the right body, must be autofocus capable at f/8 max aperture.
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Use with Teleconverters

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I see remarks about using the TC14, but nothing about the TC17 and TC20. If on does not mind using Manual Focus, will the TC17 and TC20 operate with this lens? Will the TC17 and TC20 'damage' the lens? My purchase decision is contingent on the ability to use the TC17 and TC20 without damaging the new 80-400 lens.
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The lens works great with the TC14. I personally don't like it with the TC20 due to dim viewfinder, but it works fine.
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The lens is compatible with Teleconverters TC-14E , TC-14E II , TC-17E II, TC-20E, TC-20E II, and
TC-20E III.
With TC-14's, autofocus is available only with cameras that offer f/8 support.
With TC17's and TC-20's, autofocus is not supported.
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is AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III compatible with D800 and new 80 to 40 lense

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Yes, it will. There are some compromises. The viewfinder will be pretty dim, and it will be hard to do anything in dim light. Autofocus is barely functional, and you'll only be able to do a good job of manual focus in bright light. Optical quality goes down, but is still ok. You will have a high f/stop, meaning slower shutter speeds and/or higher ISO. But the 800 has great high ISO performance. At 200mm your minimum f/stop is f/11. I actually was able to get it to autofocus when I had bright room lighting at 200mm lens setting. But it took a lot of work and it hunted and would usually settle out of focus.

If you are shooting bright daylight, it'll be ok as long as you are ok with The trade offs. By mid-afternoon or in the shade, you'll be making compromises. In dim light it's probably not worth it.

I usually save my TC20 for lenses with apertures f/4 and bigger. I just don't enjoy using it on this (or the previous version) of this lens. But it does work.
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Not with the lens no.
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New 80-400 AF-S: Tripod mount shown. Is it supplied?

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I have seen write-ups stating that the tripod mount is supplied, and others stating that it is not. Is it supplied with purchase?
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Tripod collar is included, but I personally don't like it. The foot is not removable which gets in the way of handholding. There are third parties that make a metal collar with a removable foot.

Or, it's actually not difficult to remove the tripod collar altogether for handholding, and replace it later..
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Tripod foot is supplied.
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Does the lens have a limit switch?

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Is the lens compatible with the Nikon Teleconverters?

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TC14 will work with the right body, must be autofocus capable at f/8 max aperture.
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Why is it so much more expensive than the model it replaced?

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What does this lens have to offer that caused a $1100 price increase? I have waited years for thi snew lens and now it is way out of my budget.
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Better glass, silent wave motor, internal focusing upgraded VR.
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